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Tony Stewart breaks leg, undergoes surgery following sprint car crash (VIDEO)

Aug 6, 2013, 3:47 AM EDT

UPDATE (1:28 p.m. ET): Video of the accident has now been posted to NASCAR.com, and is linked above. There is no immediate timetable set for his return and at the moment, no updates have come from the team on a replacement driver. Five races remain until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.

UPDATE (3:47 a.m. ET): Jenna Fryer of The Associated Press, Jeff Gluck of USA Today, and NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello are now relaying word from Stewart-Haas Racing that three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart suffered a broken right tibia and fibula and underwent surgery on his leg following a sprint car crash Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Stewart will miss at least this Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International and a replacement driver has yet to be determined at this time. The Associated Press reports that a further update on Stewart’s condition is expected for later this afternoon, and that SHR has canceled their scheduled test today at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart was leading a 30-lap feature race at SIS when, according to a report from Andy Hamilton of The Des Moines Register, he and two other drivers, Tasker Phillips and Tony Shilling, were collected by a spinning Josh Higday. An awake and alert Stewart was then placed on a stretcher for precautionary reasons and taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

Stewart is currently 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and one of the two drivers holding Wild Card transfer spots into the Chase for the Sprint Cup with five “regular season” races remaining.

His injury comes one week after he came out unscathed from a scary incident at the Ohsweken Speedway in Canada, which saw Stewart flip multiple times in a sprint car race. He came back and raced at Ohsweken the next night.

More to come…

  1. bmcgrath2 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Man this really sucks. You have to appreciate his hobby of dirt track racing, and that he keeps doing it for the fans, despite all of the critics who say he shouldn’t be doing it.

    I feel terrible for Tony right now.

  2. wallio - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Hooo Boy. Glad Smoke isn’t (more) seriously injured, but you have to wonder if this is karma after he snapped at that reporter who asked him when he was quitting sprint cars……

  3. michaelcrowley828234816 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I wish the cup guys would stop running Sprint Cars and start running Late Models! They are way safer, more closely resemble a cup car, and just about as fast as a sprinter is.

    Those modern sprinters are death traps.

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      In Michael Crowley’s last two points about Late Models being just about as fast as Sprint Cars and that modern Sprint Cars are death traps, a fine example of someone who knows nothing about Sprint Cars.

  4. beavertonsteve - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Well, Stewart may have inadvertently opened the door for Newman to make the chase. I guess it’ll be a nice going away present.

  5. florida727 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Sorry, but I’m in the camp of those who think this is beyond stupid on Stewart’s part. He’s risking his career to race on freaking dirt tracks? If I’m one of his primary Sprint Cup sponsors, I’m beyond p*ssed off. When you’re in a position like his, you can’t just go racing because it’s just going racing. A little discretion might be in order, Tony. Hope you recover soon, but a broken tibia AND fibula? I’ve seen it happen before. That’s typically a long recovery. Not something where you miss one week (Watkins Glen) and then just show up the following week and race.

    • midtec2005 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      And people like you are the reason we don’t have any more legends like AJ Foyt. Dirt racing is part of his career. He’s been doing it a long time and he almost never gets injured. Get over it.

    • midtec2005 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Also, if you’ve broken your Tibia, you will break your fibula every time, it’s a non weight bearing bone. That’s pretty normal. The only way you break one of them is if it’s just the fibula.

  6. rd14stewart - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Tony will be just fine…Go Smoke!!….

  7. kitnamania13 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Stewart is free to do as he wishes with his spare time. That’s one of the perks of owning the team. He knew the risks and he paid the price. The drivers who will suffer in the non-literal sense will be the Cup drivers who are employed by others.

    • florida727 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Wrong. When a sponsor is paying you millions of dollars to represent them, you forfeited that “free time freedom” when you cashed their checks. It’s called responsibility and accountability. Why do you think MLB, NHL, NFL and other pro sports leagues all have clauses in their athlete’s contracts barring them from any sort of dangerous activity? If Peyton Manning goes skydiving just because he “wishes to in his spare time”, he violates his contract. It’s called protecting your investment. If I’m Stewart’s endorsers, I seriously consider demanding some of my financial support back from him. As a sponsor, I’m paying him to put a car with my logo on it at or near the front of the pack every week. At Watkins Glen, at the very least, he’s not fulfilling his obligation to me and my company under the terms of our agreement.

      • bmcgrath2 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        In this case, Tony is still able to represent his sponsors, which you have to take into account that sponsors signed on with him as Tony Stewart the driver, AND Tony Stewart the owner. In some cases they stick with an owner, not just the driver. Take a look at Joe Gibbs Racing. Interstate Batteries has been with JGR since its inception. Do you think Interstate Batteries was thrilled that JJ Yeley was representing its company in 2006 and 2007, bringing home a 29th and 21st points finish, respectively? Probably not.

        Does this make any sense??? LOL

      • drylake - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        Maybe you should be sponsoring Danica.

  8. thetooloftools - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    HEY DUMBASS ! Wake up Tony. Your an owner, a driver, and a parent. What are you thinking? Just beyond stupid you would even do this. Dale Earnhardt died on a NASCAR track doing something he never knew how to do … which was hold up traffic so the car he owned could win and his son could finish 2nd. That is all well and good except he is dead from doing something stupid. I Love You Tony. Please learn something here. The only perfectly safe race car ever build is the one that your not sitting in. Otherwise their are always risks.
    Thank God you were not killed.
    By the way… what would it have proved if you had won? Racing isn’t NFL pre season games.

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